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" A lot of us have done bullying and didn't even realize we did it. "
" I think acting is therapeutic for me. "
" Acting is a stressful environment to put yourself into, and stress triggers Tourette's, but I think it's partly an outlet because when I'm acting, I'm putting my mind, body, and soul into something, and that's one of the times during the day when I don't tic. "
" A lot of talented people have some quirks, y'know? And bless them for that. I'd rather have Tourette's than be someone boring. "
" I've been to some Hollywood parties where things have happened, and people have probably needed to get a good lawyer. "
" I've have a number of violent tics. With Tourette syndrome, there's not just compulsive actions, but compulsive thoughts as well. That used to scare my mother a lot. "
" People believe that if you can shut your Tourette's off for a period of time, then you can always shut it off. I try to explain to people that if I spent my whole life trying to control my tics, that's all I would have time for. "
" One of my favorite movies is 'Some Like It Hot,' which isn't really a musical, but I'm just such a sucker for old movies. I wouldn't want to ever tarnish one of them, or do a spot-on remake, but just do something light like that where I get to glide across the floor. I would be a very happy camper. "
" I spent my life figuring out ways to make the room OK with me. "
" It's very important that we do show appreciation for those who go to work in raising awareness. You know, Tourette Syndrome is not well known. There's not a lot of government money and research in it. But people are dying inside every day because they're suffering with it, and I think word needs to get out. "
" Auditioning is one of the most nerve-racking things you could ever do, but you have to be so focused that you don't tic. "
" I would absolutely love to do another Baz Luhrmann film, especially a 'Moulin Rouge' type picture. "
" My first tic was to shake my head violently. I was in karate class, and I was shaking violently. All of a sudden, I just started to notice that the teacher was looking at me, and all the kids were wondering what I was doing. I suddenly felt really strange. "
" The great thing about Showtime is that they really give us leeway and the range to explore the real dark side of stuff. "
" Every moment in life can be interpreted as a risk, depending on our outlook - and level of obsessive- compulsive disorder! I do my best to depend on my gut. If you sit with a decision long enough, your gut/soul will tell you what path to take. "
" Tourette's has always been a tough one for many to digest because of its seeming irrationality: 'Why do you have to twitch or make noises? You seem normal, with no physical defects.' It's next to impossible to answer without living it. "
" I love it behind the camera as much as I do in front. "
" The greatest acting really is spoken without words, or at least I like to think that. "
" There are networks and executives who are willing to take risks on vastly different material, and as an actor, there are some really juicy roles to sink your teeth into. "
" I don't know if I ever realized, initially, that I didn't tic when I was so focused on my acting. I think it was after I had already done it a few years, when I went, 'Hey, interesting that this happens.' "
" In the years when teenagers really need to be connected to somebody, they aren't; especially in small towns where kids are bored and look for something to get them going. "
" School was very difficult. I was conscious of how I looked. "
" It's challenging to take on something else that is not you and make it very real and have others be able to associate with it. It's wonderful to provoke thought. "
" Here's the thing: I had never been to Boston, my whole life. Probably because I'm a Yankee fan. "
" If I can just accept it and tic when I want to and have my passion project - what I'm mentally, physically, emotionally invested in something - where you're fully focused, and your body parts and mind are all moving toward this one goal, you're focused, and you can shut it off, but only for a certain period of time. Then, you have to let loose. "
" I don't think I've ever done a real mini-series, but I love doing film first and foremost. "
" Tourette's is involuntary in that it is impossible not to do. And it's torture to know what you're doing and not be able to stop it. "
" When I'm acting and I have to remember my lines and put my mind in concert with my body, I don't tic. "
" I want to go play a villain or an action hero or a nice, light, romantic comedy or something. That would be good. "
" To have someone inspire you to be who you are and be unapologetic about it, it's beautiful. "
" With Tourette's, there's this element of vulnerability and compassion and empathy that you innately possess because of the affliction. "